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Old September 2nd, 2018, 11:21
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3" to 4.5 rear lift opinions

Ok so a couple of years ago I put a full 3"lift on my xj,including rear springs. I wanna go to a 4.5". What are everbodys opinions on going to 4.5 in the rear. I have a few ideas,my rear springs are fairly stiff so I'm trying to avoid add a leaf.
Option 1 extended rear shackle? Please post the best one and why. I have always wanted to try revolvers? I know either loved or hated.
Option 2 a 1.5" lift block or combo of a block and small extra leaves or zero rate bolted to the pack.

Any other ideas would be awesome too.
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Old September 2nd, 2018, 11:46
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Re: 3" to 4.5 rear lift opinions

You didn't say what year? But your biggest challenges will be control arms, steering, and driveshaft(as in SYE).
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Old September 2nd, 2018, 12:14
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Re: 3" to 4.5 rear lift opinions

It's a 95. Not concerned with the front end yet. Just looking for opinions on the rear,probably gonna figure out a rear sye. I have a 242 and plan on keeping it. I plan on working rear to front.
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Old September 2nd, 2018, 12:16
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Re: 3" to 4.5 rear lift opinions

Define "best" ?

What is the budget, and what compromises are you willing to accept ?

Extended shackles work on any leaf springs that are not stock, and most likely will provide an acceptable pavement ride. I have no complaints about my JKS extended shackles. An extra stock XJ Cherokee leaf installed into the spring pack will add about 1/2 - 1 inch of lift without changing the spring rate too much. Shackle relocation brackets can provide some lift and can improve shackle angles. Revolver shackles are useless gimmicks. Lift blocks are for mall crawlers.
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Old September 2nd, 2018, 12:21
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Re: 3" to 4.5 rear lift opinions

Honestly, no best lol. I have a full 3" rear spring lift. Factory everything else. I wanna do 75 on the Hwy and have no problems now. So extended shackles and longer new shocks?
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Old September 2nd, 2018, 12:38
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Re: 3" to 4.5 rear lift opinions

Blocks are just bad for everything. Maybe some new spring packs and shackles not ever 1" extended(2" oal).
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Old September 2nd, 2018, 14:20
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Re: 3" to 4.5 rear lift opinions

I have new 3" springs, not gonna replace those. Looking for an additional 1.5 " another way. Yes blocks are bad on 20 year old springs. I have new stuff rear springs and I'm looking for opinions on a slight lift,with no extra stiffness.
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Old September 2nd, 2018, 15:24
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I have new 3" springs, not gonna replace those. Looking for an additional 1.5 " another way.
I have new stuff rear springs and I'm looking for opinions on a slight lift,with no extra stiffness.
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Have you installed these springs to see what they netted?
What brand are they?
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Old September 3rd, 2018, 09:59
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Have you installed these springs to see what they netted?
What brand are they?
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Old September 2nd, 2018, 15:01
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Re: 3" to 4.5 rear lift opinions

I would start with shackles 1st and see how much you get with that , and if you need more you can add a small block or adjustable shackles .
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Old September 2nd, 2018, 17:45
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Ok so a couple of years ago I put a full 3"lift on my xj,including rear springs.
He been on the 3" lift now for a couple years , now he just wants more .
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Old September 3rd, 2018, 08:55
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He been on the 3" lift now for a couple years , now he just wants more .
Thank you. So I think I'm gonna go with a 1" lift shackle 2"longer and see where that puts me. Any preference brand and price wise?
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.... Looking for an additional 1.5 " another way.
1 inch lift shackles, and if necessary a stock XJ Cherokee leaf installed into the spring pack. The stock XJ leaf will add about 1/2 - 1 inch of lift and barely change the spring rate.
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Old September 2nd, 2018, 18:41
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Re: 3" to 4.5 rear lift opinions

I've got a set of IRO 1"/1.5" shackles(NIB) if your interested in going that route!
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Old September 3rd, 2018, 08:58
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I've got a set of IRO 1"/1.5" shackles(NIB) if your interested in going that route!
Which ones? How much? $
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